Sheriff Darren Campbell stated that Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Shiloh Road at approximately 1:35 am on Thursday May 18, 2017, to a Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle in progress. The homeowner saw a black male inside one of their vehicles parked at their residence. When confronted by the homeowner, the man ran from the residence. The suspect was last seen running down Shiloh Rd. towards Seven Oaks Rd. Deputies attempted to locate the subject by searching the area, and utilizing a K-9 in tracking the suspect, however Deputies were not able to locate the suspect at that time.
At approximately 5:40 am the Sheriff’s Office began receiving calls from victims that lived on Seven Oaks Ln Statesville. The victims stated that their vehicles had been broken into at some point during the early morning hours of Thursday May 18, 2017. Deputies responded to the area, and began gathering information from the victims, and attempting to locate a suspect.
At approximately 7:15 am the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a victim on St. Paul Ln Statesville. The victim stated that someone had stolen a blue 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The victim stated that the stolen Pathfinder had a Transport tag on the vehicle, and it had a sticker across the front windshield with red lettering. When Deputies arrived they discovered that there was a bicycle laying in the yard where the vehicle was stolen. It appeared that the suspect had ridden the bicycle to the residence before stealing the vehicle.
Deputies gathered the information on the stolen vehicle and the information was dispatched to multiple surrounding Law Enforcement Agencies.
Investigators assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division at the Sheriff’s Office responded to the areas of Shiloh Rd., Seven Oaks Ln, and St Paul Ln. Investigators began attempting to make contact with every home owner in the area in hopes of developing leads in the recent vehicle break-ins. Detectives gathered information and searched for evidence and security cameras in the areas. During the neighborhood canvas Detectives learned that there were several more vehicles that had been broken into that the homeowners had not yet discovered.
Patrol Deputies continued to search for the reported stolen vehicles while Detectives continued searching for evidence in hopes of developing leads in the recent crimes.
At approximately 1200 pm Thursday May 18, 2017 a Deputy assigned to the Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team located the reported stolen vehicle on Garner Bagnal Blvd. near Interstate 77. The vehicle was driven by a black male, and there was a white female in the vehicle as well. When the subject discovered that the Deputy was following him, he pulled in behind a business on Garner Bagnal Blvd. at Interstate 77. As the Deputy approached the vehicle the suspect took off walking away from the vehicle leaving the female in the vehicle. The Deputy quickly informed Communications that he had located the reported stolen vehicle and gave out a description of the black male that he had seen leaving the vehicle.
Deputies and Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office along with Officers with the Statesville Police Department responded to the area. Deputies quickly located the suspect walked east on Garner Bagnal Blvd. Information was obtained that confirmed that the subject was indeed the subject that was seen driving the stolen vehicle. Eric Javon Mayse was arrested and transported to the Sheriff’s Office. Detectives attempted to interview Eric Mayse, however Mayse refused to cooperate with the investigation.
Eric Mayse was transported to the Iredell County Magistrate’s Office where he was charged with (17) Counts of Breaking & Entering to a Motor Vehicle, (1) Count of Breaking & Entering to a Building, (5) Counts of Larceny, and (1) Count of Larceny of a Motor Vehicle. Mayse appeared before Magistrate S. P. Nicholson, and Mayse was given a $25,000.00 Secured Bond. Mayse was advised that he had his first court appearance at Mooresville District Court on Friday May 19, 2017 at 9:00 am. Mayse has an extensive criminal history dating back to 2004 from Rutherford County, Mecklenburg County, and Durham County. His charges include Cocaine, Marijuana, Breaking and Entering Motor Vehicles, Breaking and Entering Residences, Possession of Firearm by Felon and numerous other charges till present.
Detectives are continuing the investigation and there will likely be additional charges in the near future. All of the vehicles that was entered were all left unlocked and the vehicle that was stolen had the keys left inside the vehicle